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When Storms Cause Electrical Problems

What Can I Do to get the Power Back On After a Storm? Storm Damaged Home Electrical Systems, Water and Flood Damaged Electrical Wiring.


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Storm Damaged Electrical Systems
Storm Damage – Question #1: What can I do to get the power back on after a storm?

A storm came through yesterday and tripped a number of circuit breakers. I reset all of the breakers, but several of the GFCI outlets are still not working. Is there something else I can do short of replacing the outlets?
Thanks, Sesha.

This electrical question came from Sesha, a Homeowner in Houston, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Sesha.

Storm Damaged Home Electrical Systems

Severe storms can produce a variety of potential problems with home electrical systems. Replacing outlets is most likely not the problem. From what you are describing if all the circuit breakers have been reset and turned back on and you are still having trouble then I would encourage you to contact your homeowners insurance company or a licensed professional electrical contractor who will perform a variety of electrical tests which will identify the problems and then make the necessary repairs.

Water and Flood Damaged Electrical Wiring

When extreme flooding occurs and home electrical wiring that is not rated for moisture has become saturated with water then the wiring should be replaced. In areas where there is a high probability of flooding it may be best to install the home electrical wiring with materials which are approved for moisture, such as PVC conduits, fittings and PVC boxes and THWN wire. When extreme flooding occurs the outlets and switches should be replaced and a full inspection of the electrical system should be performed before restoring electrical power.

NOTE: All home assessments and repairs should be made through the local building authority and participating federal or state agencies. The home insurance company should be notified as well. All home repairs should be made by a licensed contractor.

Storm Damage – Question #2
Fran asks: Our sinks now have an electrical charge after a recent lightning strike, what should we do?

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Follow Up: from Fran – Damaged Ground System

Thank you Dave!

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2 Responses to “When Storms Cause Electrical Problems”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Richard, the auto-recloser is designed to protect the equipment against damage including lightning strikes however it too can become damaged. The equipment should be checked for voltage leakage to earth ground as well.


    My auto-recloser opens as well as at the nearest control room anytime it rains and the thunder strikes.what could be the problem.what must i do to avert this situation,since my customers are now becoming impatient with this phenomenon.